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Explore this region's history through its rich historical treasures.  Each site has its own unique stories to share. Delve into mountain history, the lives of regional literary figures, agricultural traditions, traditional music, and art and craft through the exhibits of the region's many museums and historic sites. Beyond the exhibits and working demonstrations, there are ongoing educational programs for visitors and many for children.

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<a href="" target="_blank">Swannanoa Valley Museum</a><a href="" target="_blank">Swannanoa Valley Museum</a>

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Buncombe County's primary museum of general local history, the Swannanoa Valley Museum is located in the historic Black Mountain Firehouse, designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect of the Biltmore Estate. The collection interprets the story of the settlement and development of Western North Carolina, as accessed by people arriving through the Swannanoa Valley.  Open April—October, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sundays & Mondays. Admission is free with donations kindly accepted.
The museum offers hikes and events throughout the year, including two popular hiking series. The exclusive Swannanoa Rim Hiking Series grants experienced hikers the opportunity to explore remote and little traveled territory while learning about the history, geography, hydrology, and environment of the Swannanoa Valley. The eleven hikes of the series take place on a Saturday from February through December. The museum also hosts the Valley History Explorer Series of moderate 3 mile hikes on select Saturdays from February through September, which uncover the past of the unique communities that compose the Valley. Other regional excursions include an annual caravan along the Old Mount Mitchell Toll Road and a historic haunted house tour. For more information about our events visit
223 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-669-9566|Fax: 828-669-9566
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Mountain Gateway Museum

The Mountain Gateway Museum, nestled in an idyllic setting in the town of Old Fort, brings you stories that are almost as old as these hills. See what mountain life was like when you tour our historic log cabins. Have a picnic on the banks of Mill Creek. Visit on a Sunday to listen to (or play!) old-time and bluegrass music at our weekly pick-up jam on the porch. The museum offers activities indoors and out. We are on the NC Birding Trail, and several rare species show up on a regular basis. Also, Mill Creek is designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Through our partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission you can take advantage of our Tackle Loaner Program and reel in a fish or two! Check our website for the most up-to-date information on all of our programs, concerts, and festivals.
102 Water St., Old Fort, NC 28762
Phone: (828) 668-9259|Fax: (828) 668-0041
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<a href="" target="_blank">Waldensian Heritage Museum</a>

Waldensian Heritage Museum

The Waldensian Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the history of the Waldensian settlement in the foothills of North Carolina.. A group of 29 journeyed to North Carolina and founded the town of Valdese in 1893, preparing the way for hundreds more Waldensian settlers. The Museum features many artifacts of early settler life including photographs, clothing, crafts, toys, household items, church furnishings, farm implements, carpentry tools, books, wine making equipment, and a quilt depicting scenes of Waldensian history. Tours are Tues-Fri, at 11a & 2pm or by appt. From mid July to mid August, the museum is open Fri & Sat 4-6pm. Visitors can request tour of sanctuary of the Waldesian Presbyterian Church. Admission is $2 for adults/$1 for children. Located in downtown Valdese, NC.
208 Rodoret Street South, Valdese, NC
Phone: (828) 874-1111
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